Friday, October 21, 2016

Poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump, not Paul Ryan, represents what the GOP should stand for politically

At Hot Air by Allahpundit

A perfect complement to yesterday’s post showing Ryan’s favorable rating now underwater among … Republicans.

It’s Trump’s party now. And by “now,” I mean “for the next 19 days.”

I’ll give you three theories for that, none of them mutually exclusive. One: The GOP’s base isn’t nearly as “conservatarian” as movement conservatives would like. Ted Cruz learned that the hard way in the primaries, right? Much of the base is populist first and foremost, and that populism trends strongly towards nationalist/reactionary politics, not classical liberalism. Republican voters, especially Trump’s white working-class fans, care little for conservative economics as practiced by Randians like Ryan. They’re Republican chiefly because that party is their best vehicle for white identity politics and culture war waged against left-wing political correctness.

Two: It’s immigration, stupid. As America’s demographics have continued to change, the right has become more sensitive to that change accelerating by importing millions of workers from Mexico, Asia, and so on.

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